Gentle mat yoga
Gentle mat yoga is offered from 7:30 to 9 a.m. each Sunday at Shelley Lake Sertoma Park, 1900 Shelley Road, Raleigh. Admission is free. No registration required.
Thrift shop sale
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A 50 percent off sale is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at ReTails Thrift Shop, 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. Proceeds are used to help lower income pet owners spay and neuter their pets through AnimalKind’s programs, the $20 FIX and SpayNC Helpline. For more information, call 919-872-0019 or go to www.animalkind.org.
Gerard at Quail Ridge
North Carolinian Philip Gerard will read from and sign copies of “The Patron Saint of Dreams” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
‘Serenity’ screening benefits charity
A screening of Joss Whedon’s film “Serenity” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday at Raleighwood, 6609 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The event will include a costume contest and charity raffle. Admission is $14 and doors open at 6. Since 2006, the annual screenings of “Serenity” have raised more than $21,500 for Equality Now and $2,800 for Kids Need to Read. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.ncbrowncoats.com.
Animal program at Southgate Library
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will present a program on animals from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Southgate Community Library, 1601-14 Cross Link Road, Raleigh. The program will feature live animals and bilingual stories. For more information, call 919-856-6598.
History Corner: Dolley Madison
History Corner: Dolley Madison is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Hear stories about North Carolina heroes during the War of 1812, including First Lady Dolley Madison. This event is recommended for ages 6-9 with accompanying adult. Cost is $1 per person. To register, call 919-807-7992.
History Hunters: History in Pictures
Children ages 10-13 will learn about life during the Great Depression during History Hunters: History in Pictures from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Study photographs from the era and create a short story based on a famous picture. Cost is $1 per person. To register, call 919-807-7992.
Managing finances for college students
A free workshop to teach incoming college students to manage their money and take control of their finances is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wake County Cooperative Extension Center, in the Agriculture Services Building in Wake County Office Park, 4001 Carya Drive, Raleigh. For more information or to register, call Robin Landsman at 919-250-1107.
The following yoga classes are scheduled for Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Stress reduction with chair yoga from 6 to 6:50 p.m. and gentle mat from 7 to 8:30. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.
Yoga for the core
A free yoga for the core class is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Ladies Fitness & Wellness, 700 Exposition Place, Suite 181, Raleigh. To register, call 919-845-9200.
Pirate adventure at Yates Mill park
An All-American Pirate Adventure is set for 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Children ages 6 and older will read a pirate story, make a treasure map, test their detective skills, play games and have a snack. Cost is $4 per child. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 919-856-6675.
Canoeing at Yates Mill
Paddle the Pond – Canoeing is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. After basic instruction, explore the pond’s many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. This event is recommended for children ages 6 and older. Cost is $10 per boat. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 919-856-6675.
Purple Heart Dinner
A Purple Heart Dinner to honor military veterans wounded in battle is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest. Cost is $15. For tickets, go to the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce or email info@WakeForestPurpleHeartFoundation.org. Col. Danny McKnight, commander of the unit featured in the book and film “Black Hawk Down,” will speak. Donations can be sent to Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 168, Wake Forest, N.C. 27588.
Live music night at Neomonde
A live music night is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Neomonde Mediterranean Cafe and Market, Strickland Road, Raleigh. Dinner and drinks will be for sale. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.